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Poet and author Paul Zimmer was born in Canton, Ohio in 1934. After attending Kent State University until 1959, he worked as a news reporter for the United States Army from 1954-1955 and covered atomic bomb tests in Nevada. In 1967, Zimmer began his publishing career with the University of Pittsburgh Press, and his first book, The Ribs of Death, was published. For this accomplishment he received Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degree from Kent State University in 1968. Over the years, Paul Zimmer has served as director of a number of university presses across the nation and has published many works himself. Professional highlights in his career include his refusal to accept a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts because he felt 1st Amendment rights in the United States Constitution were violated in the publishing profession; this received national attention, and as a result Zimmer won the Open Book Award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors for his stance. Other important milestones were receiving an award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, being selected for the National Poetry Series, and receiving a Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Arts and Sciences at Kent State University in 2004. Zimmer's major works include A Seed in the Wind (1960), The Ribs of Death (1967), The Republic of Many Voices (1969), The Zimmer Poems (1976), With Wanda: Town and Country Poems (1980), Family Reunion: Selected and New Poems (1983), The Great Bird of Love (1989), Big Blue Train (1993), Crossing Into Sunlight (1996), After the Fire (2002), Trains in the Distance (2004).
This collection is a compilation of correspondence, poetry, publication materials, artwork, and photographs that outline the professional career and personal life of Paul Zimmer. This material was compiled in a series of three-ring binders that served as writing notebooks for the poet. Materials have been removed from the notebooks for preservation purposes and arranged chronologically to maintain the original order of the materials as they were donated to the Department. Series 1, contained in Boxes 1-5, includes poems, correspondence, and articles from Paul Zimmer's writing notebooks. Series 2 and 3, starting in Box 5 and concluding in Box 6, consist of artwork and photographs that were separated from the notebooks for preservation purposes. Series 4 (Box 7) includes oversized items such as posters, news clippings, and announcements.
Please note that literary rights associated with these papers are retained by the author.
Special Collections and Archives also houses a large number of Paul Zimmer's published works. These publications are fully cataloged in KentLINK.
Series 1: Notebooks
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Note: Materials listed below are in order as the appear according to size.
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